Assistance & Workshops • Posters • Guidelines
Assistance & Workshops
In 2008, PRIPPP staff provided assistance to Pacific Island countries and territories in strengthening their national infection control capacity through the provision of basic infection control (IC) training and programme establishment. These activities contribute to the development of PICNet, the Pacific Regional Infection Control Network launched in 2006 under the framework of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network.
In-country visits were made to Cook Islands, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Tuvalu in 2008.
The main objectives of these country visits were to:
• review existing IC systems and recommend and assist with IC strategies for each country visited; and
• conduct IC workshops, with emphasis on personal protective equipment (PPE) use.
Assistance was provided on: IC programme development, review of existing IC guidelines, IC audits, establishment and review of IC committees, advocacy for appointment of IC officers (if not full-time, then part-time) and introduction of networking with colleagues in the region through PICNet and outside the region through joining the ‘In SafeHandS’ network.
The workshop organised for the countries included two days for medical participants and one day for non-medical participants. Topics covered for medical participants were:
• IC essentials – standard precautions (covered
demonstration of hand-washing steps and all
• PPE presentation with demonstration of donning and
removing PPE (all participants participated);
• respiratory hygiene and additional precautions;
• isolation procedures;
• IC programme essentials;
• innovation with limited resources;
• management and risk assessment of occupational exposure to blood and body fluids; and
• group work.
The non-medical workshop was designed for representatives from each country’s national pandemic influenza preparedness taskforce committee, and focused on basic IC practices and PPE.
Extract from the article "Building infection control capacities in the Pacific Islands" published in Inform'ACTION 29
Infection Control posters
Four posters on:
♦ hand washing,
♦ the sequence for putting on personal protective equipment
♦ the sequence for removing personal protective equipment
♦ standard and additional infection control precautions
have been produced by SPC under PRIPPP.
They are available in pdf format on this website.
Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines
The membership of the Pacific regional Infection Control Network (PICNet), under the auspices of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), has come together to produce guidelines for the prevention and control of infections in healthcare settings, with a particular focus on the needs of SPC’s member states.
The overall objective of these guidelines is to provide healthcare administrators and HCWs with a framework to prevent and control the transmission of infectious pathogens within, from, or to the healthcare setting, to patients, HCWs and the community alike.
More specifically, these guidelines cover:
• infection control programme management;
• infection control practices to prevent and control the transmission of infectious pathogens through the use of standard and transmission-based precautions;
• environmental management practices to prevent and control transmission on infectious pathogens; and
• protection of HCWs from infectious pathogens.
The guidelines are available to download PPHSN Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines (1.42 MB)